Our K9/Handler Teams

STAR 1 uses NASAR's K9 certification standards for Area Search, Trailing, Human Remains Detection (HRD) and First Responder Disaster (live and cadaver). K9 Teams train for and certify in one or more of these specialties, though the handler must certify as a SAR Tech II before certifying their K9.

To qualify for certification NASAR requires proof of successful completion of a nationally recognized obedience evaluation which meets or exceeds the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Program.

Training for search work requires a serious commitment of time, so those who may be interested should carefully and honestly assess the suitability of their K9 companion for such work. Temperament, intelligence and drive are key factors to be evaluated before beginning search-related training.